Executive Director, Centre for Human Resource Development and Empowerment Initiative Kaduna, (HRDEI), Dr. Mohammed Ali, has said the North did not need an ‘Almajiri Commission’, but a total ban on the almajiri practice.
He made the assertion while receiving Ayana Centre for Almajiri Development and Empowerment Initiative on a visit to his office in Kaduna on Sunday.
The bill to establish the commission to tackle almajiri and other out-of-school children scaled second reading in the House of Representatives on November 23.
The ‘kid beggars’, popularly known as ‘Almajirai’, are mainly students of the Qur’anic schools, better known as ‘Tsangaya’ who are given to Malams (Islamic teachers) by their parents for the purposes of learning the Qur’an.
The ED also lamented that some scholars, media practitioners and the general public had variously linked begging with Islam; noting that there was nothing Islamic about it; rather, a by-product of laziness, mental dependence and oppressive consciousness of those that engaged in it.